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Swan Canning Riverpark dolphin population ecology & health investigations

Chabanne, D.ORCID: 0000-0002-8391-7505, Harrison, L.M., Holyoake, C., Finn, H., Stephens, N. and Bejder, L. (2012) Swan Canning Riverpark dolphin population ecology & health investigations. Murdoch University



An investigation into the deaths of six Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) within the Swan Canning Riverpark between May-October 2009 found that a suite of factors likely contributed to the mortalities (Beazley 2010; Holyoake et al. 2010). This investigation, along with research undertaken for Swan Canning Research Innovation Program (SCRIP) Project: ―Toxicant exposure, population genetics, and trophic associations of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) in the Swan River‖ (Holyoake et al. 2011), emphasised the vulnerability of the resident community to natural and anthropogenic stressors and the need to improve the scientific basis for the long-term conservation of dolphins within the estuary.

To support this aim, the Swan River Trust and Murdoch University entered into a collaborative agreement Project to undertake further health and ecology investigations into dolphins in the Swan Canning Riverpark and to conclude analyses of existing data and samples. This report presents the major findings for this project.

Item Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
School of Veterinary Biology and Biomedical Science
Series Name: Final report to the Swan River Trust for Project RSP10MUR03
Publisher: Murdoch University
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